Watch: Virginia fans burn couch after historic win

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC/AP) — It was a chaotic scene in Charlottesville Monday night and into Tuesday morning as fans celebrated Virginia’s first national championship.

While things got a little rowdy, law enforcement appeared well prepared.  There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

Our cameras did catch some fans burning a couch. In most other cases, people celebrated responsibly with cheers, hugs, and high fives. 

Virginia’s nail-biting trip through the NCAA Tournament will go down in history as one of the most clutch performances from game-to-game by any championship team.

The Cavaliers’ overtime victory over Texas Tech made them just the sixth title team to win multiple-OT games in a tournament, and the first since Arizona accomplished the feat in 1997.

They outscored their opponents by a scant 45 points, the third-lowest margin of victory by a championship team since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

The only comfortable game was their opening win over No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb, and that came after falling into an early hole. Virginia beat Oklahoma 63-51 in the second round, edged Oregon 53-49 in the regional semifinals and needed a last-second floater to force OT in a win over Purdue.

“We have a saying: The most faithful win,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “These guys were so faithful. Obviously we had some amazing plays.”

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